Lunar New Year

Whitehorse City Council wishes our community a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year.

In 2024, the Lunar New Year falls on 10 February.

The Lunar New Year marks the transition between Chinese zodiac signs, with 2024 being the year of the Dragon. The Dragon is a symbol of power, honour and luck in Chinese culture.

See what's happening around Whitehorse for Lunar New Year 2024. 

Did you know?

  • People born in the year of the Dragon are considered courageous, confident, enthusiastic and tenacious. Recent years of the Dragon are 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012 – were you born in one of these years?
  • Dragons are most compatible with those born in the years of the Rat, Monkey or Rooster, and least compatible with Dogs, Ox and Sheep.
  • The colours gold, silver, and grayish white and the numbers 1, 6 and 7 are considered lucky for those born in the year of the Dragon

The date of the Lunar New Year Day falls on the new moon of the first lunar month, meaning it changes each year. 

Alongside the fabulous Asian Business Association of Whitehorse (ABAW) Whitehorse Lunar New Year festival in Box Hill, there are great events happening in Whitehorse to celebrate this special time of year.

Young child smiling at the camera with clay on her outstretched hands

All Day Art Day - Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Get crafty making a dancing dragon puppet and Chinese good luck ornaments and create a floral still-life collage. 

For: Children, 6-12 years

Date: Tuesday 16 January 2024

Time: 9.30am – 3.15pm

Where: Box Hill Community Art Centre, Box Hill

Cost: $89 per person (bookings required)

Asian women on black backdrop with green cardigan holding a camera

Exhibition – Baoxian Du WE

Experience many photographic works by Baoxian Di and experience the exhibition "We" featuring newly arrived residents that celebrate Lunar New Year and what it means to them. 

For: All ages

Date: 30 January – 2 March 2024

Where: Artspace, Box Hill

Cost: Free

Red background with gold illustrated dragon

Whitehorse Lunar New Year Festival 2024

Experience the magic of the Lunar New Year with this free community festival. 

For: All ages, children must be accompanied by a guardian

Date: Saturday 17 February 2024

Time: 11am – 12am (midnight)

Where: Bank Street, Box Hill VIC 3128

Cost: Free

Plate of grated vegetables

Prepare & Share: Yusheng & Dumplings

Get ready for Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival by learning how to make Yusheng & Dumplings. 

For: All ages

Date: Saturday 24 January 2024

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct, Forest Hill

Cost: $25 per person (bookings required)